Academy Awards 2013 Nominations Announced

The nominations for the 85th Academy Awards were announced today by a supposedly drunk Seth MacFarlane. Making jokes about Hitler and cast members banging their directors, the Family Guy star seemed reminiscent of Ricky Gervais and his infamous Golden Globes performances.

As usual, but in a lesser way than at the Golden Globes, many films missed out on deserved nominations, but some of the past year’s finest pictures were suitably rewarded.

To the surprise of no one US favourite Lincoln led the way in nominations, scooping twelve nods, combined with many more at the BAFTAS and Golden Globes. Life Of Pi trailed just behind with twelve.

As with the BAFTAS and Golden Globes The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was badly snubbed, picking up just three nominations in visual effects, production design and makeup and hairstyling.

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The nominations are:

Best Picture

  • Argo
  • Django Unchained
  • Les Miserables
  • Life of Pi
  • Amour
  • Lincoln
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Zero Dark Thirty
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild

Actor in a Leading Role

  • Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook
  • Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln
  • Hugh Jackman – Les Miserables
  • Joaquin Phoenix – The Master
  • Denzel Washington – Flight

Actress in a Leading Role

  • Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty
  • Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook
  • Emmanuelle Riva – Amour
  • Quvenzhané Wallis – Beasts of Southern Wild
  • Naomi Watts – The Impossible

Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Alan Arkin – Argo
  • Robert De Niro – Silver Linings Playbook
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman – The Master
  • Tommy Lee Jones – Lincoln
  • Christoph Waltz – Django Unchained

Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Amy Adams – The Master
  • Sally Field – Lincoln
  • Anne Hathaway – Les Miserables
  • Helen Hunt – The Sessions
  • Jackie Weaver – Silver Linings Playbook

Animated Feature Film

  • Brave
  • Frankenweenie
  • ParaNorman
  • The Pirates! Band of Misfits
  • Wreck-It Ralph

Directing

  • Amour – Michael Haneke
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild – Benh Zeitlin
  • Life of Pi – Ang Lee
  • Lincoln – Steven Spielberg
  • Silver Linings Playbook – David O. Russell

Writing – Original Screenplay

  • Amour – Michael Haneke
  • Django Unchained – Quentin Tarantino
  • Flight – John Gatins
  • Moonrise Kingdom – Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola
  • Zero Dark Thirty – Mark Boal

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Writing – Adapted Screenplay

  • Argo – Chris Terrio
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild – Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin
  • Life of Pi – David Magee
  • Lincoln – Tony Kushner
  • Silver Linings Playbook – David O. Russell

Music – Original Song

  • Before My Time from Chasing Ice, music and lyrics by J. Ralph
  • Everybody Needs a Best Friend from Ted, music by Walter Murphy, lyrics by Seth MacFarlane
  • Pi’s Lullaby from Life of Pi, music by Mychael Danna, lyrics by Bombay Jayashri
  • Skyfall from Skyfall, music and lyrics by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth
  • Suddenly from Les Miserables, music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil

Foreign Language Film

  • Amour (Austria)
  • Kon-Tiki (Norway)
  • No (Chile)
  • A Royal Affair (Denmark)
  • War Witch (Canada)

Cinematography

  • Anna Karenina
  • Django Unchained
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln
  • Skyfall

Costume Design

  • Anna Karenina
  • Les Miserables
  • Lincoln
  • Mirror Mirror
  • Snow White and the Huntsman

Documentary – Feature

  • 5 Broken Cameras
  • The Gatekeepers
  • How to Survive a Plague
  • The Invisible War
  • Searching for Sugar Man

Documentary – Short

  • Inocente
  • Kings Point
  • Mondays at Racine
  • Open Heart
  • Redemption

Film Editing

  • Argo
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Zero Dark Thirty

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Makeup And Hairstyling

  • Hitchcock
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Les Miserables

Music – Original Score

  • Anna Karenina
  • Argo
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln
  • Skyfall

Production Design

  • Anna Karenina
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Les Miserables
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln

Short Film – Animated

  • Adam and Dog
  • Fresh Guacamole
  • Head over Heels
  • Maggie Simpson in ‘The Longest Daycare’
  • Paperman

Short Film – Live Action

  • Asad
  • Buzkashi Boys
  • Curfew
  • Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw)
  • Henry

Sound Editing

  • Argo
  • Django Unchained
  • Life of Pi
  • Skyfall
  • Zero Dark Thirty

Sound Mixing

  • Argo
  • Les Miserables
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln
  • Skyfall

Visual Effects

  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Life of Pi
  • Marvel’s The Avengers
  • Prometheus
  • Snow White and the Huntsman

British Academy Film Awards Nominations Announced

The nominations for the 2013 EE British Academy Film Awards were unveiled this morning by Alice Eve and Jeremy Irvine at BAFTA HQ in Piccadilly, London.

With the selections not particularly surprising a number of films did better than others. Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln predictably led the way with ten nods, leaving Les Miserables, Life Of Pi, Skyfall and Argo yapping at its heels.

Perhaps surprising though was the success of Keira Knightley’s cooly received Anna Karenina. Despite its missable reception it managed to scoop six nominations.

A real shame, and a bit of a mistake we feel, was the lack of attention given to the The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Despite topping the UK box office for the fourth weekend in a row, Peter Jackson’s first of three installments only managed three nods.

The ceremony itself will be hosted by Stephen Fry at London’s Royal Opera House on Sunday February 10th.

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Best Film

  • Argo
  • Les Misérables
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln
  • Zero Dark Thirty

Outstanding British Film

  • Anna Karenina
  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • Les Miserables
  • Seven Psychopaths
  • Skyfall

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer

  • Bart Layton (director), Dimitri Doganis (producer) – The Imposter
  • David Morris (director), Jacqui Morris (director/producer) – McCullin
  • Dexter Fletcher (director/writer), Danny King (writer) – Wild Bill
  • James Bobin (director) – The Muppets
  • Tina Gharavi (director/writer) – I Am Nasrine

Film Not in the English Language

  • Amour
  • Headhunters
  • The Hunt
  • Rust and Bone
  • Untouchable

Documentary

  • The Imposter
  • Marley
  • McCullin
  • Searching for Sugarman
  • West of Memphis

Animated Film

  • Brave
  • Frankenweenie
  • Paranorman

Director

  • Michael Haneke – Amour
  • Ben Affleck – Argo
  • Quentin Tarantino – Django Unchained
  • Ang Lee – Life of Pi
  • Kathryn Bigelow – Zero Dark Thirty

Original Screenplay

  • Amour
  • Django Unchained
  • The Master
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • Zero Dark Thirty

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Adapted Screenplay

  • Argo
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln
  • Silver Linings Playbook

Leading Actor

  • Ben Affleck – Argo
  • Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook
  • Daniel Day Lewis – Lincoln
  • Hugh Jackman – Les Misérables
  • Joaquin Phoenix – The Master

Leading Actress

  • Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty
  • Marion Cotillard – Rust and Bone
  • Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook
  • Helen Mirren – Hitchcock
  • Emmanuel Riva – Amour

Supporting Actor

  • Alan Arkin – Argo
  • Javier Bardem – Skyfall
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman – The Master
  • Tommy Lee Jones – Lincoln
  • Christoph Waltz – Django Unchained

Supporting Actress

  • Amy Adams – The Master
  • Judi Dench – Skyfall
  • Sally Field – Lincoln
  • Anne Hathaway – Les Misérables
  • Helen Hunt – The Sessions

Original Music

  • Dario Marianelli – Anna Karenina
  • Alexandre Desplat – Argo
  • Mychael Danna – Life of Pi
  • John Williams – Lincoln
  • Thomas Newman – Skyfall

Cinematography

  • Seamus McGarvey – Anna Karenina
  • Danny Cohen – Les Misérables
  • Claudio Miranda – Life of Pi
  • Janusz Kaminski – Lincoln
  • Roger Deakins – Skyfall

Editing

  • William Goldenberg – Argo
  • Fred Raskin – Django Unchained
  • Tim Squyres – Life of Pi
  • Stuart Baird – Skyfall
  • Dylan Tichenor, William Goldenberg – Zero Dark Thirty

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Production Design

  • Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer – Anna Karenina
  • Eve Stewart, Anna Lynch-Robinson – Les Misérables
  • David Gropman, Anna Pinnock – Life of Pi
  • Rick Carter, Jim Erickson – Lincoln
  • Dennis Gassner, Anna Pinnock – Skyfall

Costume Design

  • Jacqueline Durran – Anna Karenina
  • Beatrix Aruna Pasztor – Great Expectations
  • Paco Delgado – Les Misérables
  • Joanna Johnston – Lincoln
  • Colleen Atwood – Snow White and the Huntsman

Make Up & Hair

  • Ivana Primorac – Anna Karenina
  • Julie Hewett, Martin Samuel, Howard Berger – Hitchcock
  • Peter Swords King, Richard Taylor, Rick Findlater – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Lisa Westcott – Les Misérables
  • Lois Burwell, Kay Georgiou – Lincoln

Sound

  • Mark Ulano, Michael Minkler, Tony Lamberti, Wylie Stateman – Django Unchained
  • Tony Johnson, Christopher Boyes, Michael Hedges, Michael Semanick, Brent Burge, Chris Ward – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Simon Hayes, Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson, Jonathan Allen, Lee Walpole, John Warhurst – Les Misérables
  • Drew Kunin, Eugene Gearty, Philip Stockton, Ron Bartlett, D. M. Hemphill – Life of Pi
  • Stuart Wilson, Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell, Per Hallberg, Karen Baker Landers – Skyfall

Special Visual Effects

  • Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Peter Bebb, Andrew Lockley – The Dark Knight Rises
  • Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, R. Christopher White – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer – Life of Pi
  • Nominees TBC – The Avengers
  • Richard Stammers, Charley Henley, Trevor Wood, Paul Butterworth – Prometheus

Short Animation

  • Here to Fall
  • I’m Fine, Thanks
  • The Making of Longbird

Short Film

  • The Curse
  • Good Night
  • Swimmer
  • Tumult
  • The Voorman Problem

EE Rising Star Award

  • Elizabeth Olsen
  • Juno Temple
  • Suraj Sharma
  • Andrea Riseborough
  • Alicia Vikander

Golden Globe Nominations 2013

With plenty of great films and personalities snubbed. The Golden Globes 2013 is, after the unveiling of the nominations, shaping up to be a redundant and ridiculous affair.

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Many of the year’s greatest films including The Hobbit, The Cabin In The Woods and Skyfall have been left out of the running for an award, while dull and quickly forgettable pictures like Salmon Fishing In The Yemen and The Silver Linings Playbook received multiple nominations.

It’s a similar story with the likes of Joss Whedon, Kiera Knightley and Christopher Nolan. Some of 2012’s most outstanding actors and directors have been snubbed, with the committee instead plumping for players like Jack Black, Richard Gere and David O. Russell.

Most of this isn’t much of a surprise. The Golden Globes have a tendency to ignore major Blockbusters in favour of small fry, but some people were really robbed.

30 Rock creator Tina Fey and her former Saturday Night Live collaborator Amy Poehler will host the awards ceremony on January 13th.

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Here are the nominations for the upcoming awards, including our choice from each category(*):

Best Motion Picture- Drama

  • Argo
  • Django Unchained*
  • Life Of Pi
  • Lincoln
  • Zero Dark Thirty

Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture- Drama

  • Jessica Chastain- Zero Dark Thirty
  • Marion Cotillard- Rust And Bone
  • Helen Mirren- Hitchcock*
  • Naomi Watts- The Impossible
  • Rachel Weisz- The Deep Blue Sea

Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture- Drama

  • Daniel Day-Lewis- Lincoln
  • Richard Gere- Arbitrage
  • John Hawkes- The Sessions
  • Joaquin Phoenix- The Master*
  • Denzel Washington- Flight

Best Motion Picture- Comedy Or Musical

  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • Les Miserables*
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • Salmon Fishing In The Yemen
  • Silver Linings Playbook

Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture- Comedy Or Musical

  • Emily Blunt- Salmon Fishing In The Yemen
  • Judi Dench- The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel*
  • Jennifer Lawrence- Silver Linings Playbook
  • Maggie Smith- Quartet
  • Meryl Streep- Hope Springs

Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture- Comedy Or Musical

  • Jack Black- Bernie
  • Bradley Cooper- Silver Linings Playbook
  • Hugh Jackman- Les Miserables*
  • Ewan McGregor- Salmon Fishing In The Yemen
  • Bill Murray- Hyde Park On Hudson

Best Animated Feature Film

  • Brave
  • Frankenweenie*
  • Hotel Transylvania
  • Rise Of The Guardians
  • Wreck-It Ralph

Best Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role In A Motion Picture

  • Amy Adams- The Master
  • Sally Field- Lincoln
  • Anne Hathaway- Les Miserables*
  • Helen Hunt- The Sessions
  • Nicole Kidman- The Paperboy

Best Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role In A Motion Pictyre

  • Alan Arkin- Argo
  • Leonardo DiCaprio- Django Unchained*
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman- The Master
  • Tommy Lee Jones- Lincoln
  • Christoph Waltz- Django Unchained

Best Director- Motion Picture

  • Ben Affleck- Argo
  • Kathryn Bigelow- Zero Dark Thirty
  • Ang Lee- Life Of Pi*
  • Steven Spielberg- Lincoln
  • Quentin Tarantino- Django Unchained

Best Screenplay- Motion Picture

  • Mark Boal- Zero Dark Thirty
  • Tony Kushner- Lincoln
  • David O. Russell- Silver Linings Playbook
  • Quentin Tarantino- Django Unchained*
  • Chris Terrio- Argo

Best Original- Score

  • Mychael Danna- Life Of Pi
  • Alexandre Desplat- Argo
  • Dario Marianelli- Anna Karenina
  • Tim Tykwer and others- Cloud Atlas
  • John Williams- Lincoln*

Best Original Song- Motion Picture

  • Monty Powell/Keith Urban-For you- Act Of Valor
  • Jon Bon Jovi-Not Running Anymore- Stand Up Guys
  • Taylor Swift-Safe & Sound- The Hunger Games
  • Adele-Skyfall- Skyfall
  • Claude-Michel Schonberg-Suddenly- Les Miserables*

Best Television Series- Drama

  • Breaking Bad
  • Boardwalk Empire*
  • Downton Abbey
  • Homeland
  • The Newsroom

Best Performance By An Actress In A Television Series– Drama

  • Connie Britton- Nashville
  • Glenn Close- Damages
  • Claire Danes-Homeland
  • Michelle Dockery- Downton Abbey*
  • Julianna Margulies- The Good Wife

Best Performance By An Actor In A Television Series- Drama

  • Steve Buscemi- Boardwalk Empire*
  • Bryan Cranston- Breaking Bad
  • Jeff Daniels- The Newsroom
  • Jon Hamm- Mad Men
  • Damian Lewis- Homeland

Best Television Series – Comedy Or Musical

  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Episodes
  • Girls
  • Modern Family *
  • Smash

Best Performance By An Actress In A Television Series – Comedy Or Musical

  • Zooey Deshanel- New Girl*
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus- Veep
  • Lena Dunham- Girls
  • Tina Fey- 30 Rock
  • Amy Poehler- Parks And Recreation

Best Performance By An Actor In A Television Series – Comedy Or Musical

  • Alec Baldwin- 30 Rock
  • Don Cheadle-House Of Lies
  • Louis C.K- Louie
  • Matt Leblanc- Episodes
  • Jim Parsons- The Big Bang Theory*

The Idiot’s Guide To Comic Book Heroes Part One

With a planet supposedly on the brink of Armageddon it seems only natural that the movie world should be awash with web-spinning vigilantes and revenge-obsessed billionaires, and viewing figures cement that theory; the Lycra-clad likes of Spiderman, Batman and The Avengers ruled the summer box-office, with fists of steel and almost despotic attitudes to law and order ruling the day.

The next couple of years are shaping up to be just as packed with the superhuman, with the likes of Marvel and DC throwing some of their most famous, and lesser known, heavy-weights onto silver screens across the world.

Here at Sound And Motion we don’t claim to be supercool, but we can happily say that our childhoods weren’t spent huddled in dingy basements reading the latest Green Lantern, or trading cards with the zitted and under-laid either. Thus, we barely know our Wonder Woman from our Silver Surfers, our Justice Leagues from our Guardians Of The Galaxy. We’d bet that many of you are equally as ill-informed.

So, before the movie reels start spinning out eager squeals ZAP, BAND and KAPOW we present to you The Idiots Guide To Comic Book Heroes.

THE JUSTICE LEAGUE

The Justice League is, to put it in simple terms, DC’s equivalent to Marvel’s Avengers, except it came out three years before. Featuring legendary characters like Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman and The Martian Manhunter the group is the ultimate dream team come together to fight off the forces of super-villainy.

There are several explanations as to why The Justice League was formed. One such being that the titans teamed up to fend off a shared threat in the form of an alien invasion, and thereafter agreed to come together in times of need.

Whatever the actual reason for its existence the group is awesome and, thanks to the likes of Batman and Superman, it’s bound to make for an equally awesome movie, and a massive box office smash.

Release Date: Right now it’s unknown as to whether this movie will ever happen. As yet the only person we can find attached to it is Gangster Squad screenwriter, Will Beal. Warner Brothers supposedly have his script, and rumours going round suggest they’re aiming for a 2015 release. Fingers crossed.

BLACK PANTHER

Often referred to as Marvel’s Batman, with superhuman strength, sharp wit, enhanced senses and unrivaled tracking skills, Black Panther is well-known as being the first black superhero, originally appearing in 1966’s Fantastic Four fifty-two. Created by Stan Lee, Black Panther is the chief of the advanced African country Wakanda’s Panther tribe.

An eventual Avenger Black Panther is a warrior without equal and a brilliantly gifted scientist with almost unlimited resources at his disposal. A proud leader – the masked king will stop at nothing to defend the innocent.

Black Panther has an interesting array of enemies hounding him, including Solomon Prey, a maniac with bat-like wings and razor-sharp claws, all bound to bring a more savage edge to the normally city-based, reasonably clean-cut realm of movie superheroes.

Release Date: Marvel have hinted at a 2014 release date for Black Panther, but comic book fans everywhere are somewhat skeptical. As he’s an Avenger it seems likely that the release will tie in with that sequel, currently set for 2015.

VENOM

This sentient alien with almost liquid-like form that attaches itself onto hosts and takes control of them isn’t exactly a hero, in fact it’s the opposite, more of a villain and a bit of a bastard, but as one of Spiderman’s greatest adversaries it’s become one of Marvel’s most popular bad guys. Created back in 1988 Venom is, basically, everything Spiderman is, but with a twisted, nightmarish spin. It possesses most of Spidey’s abilities but it’s completely undetectable by his senses, and thus a devastating opponent.

With a hulking physique, monstrous mouth complete with razor-sharp fangs and snake-like tongue Venom is bound to scare the kiddies, so we’d expect, or at least hope, that this will end up as something along the lines of The Punisher or Spawn; a hella violent, hella scary masterpiece of the malevolent and the macabre.

Release Date: We don’t know the release date for this yet, but we do know that Todd McFarlane, the creator of Spawn, is somehow attached. Will Venom and Spiderman clash in the ultimate battle between light and dark? We hope so. The question is, when?

That’s the end of part one of The Idiot’s Guide To Comic Book Heroes. We hope you’ve learned a little, we have, but not much. Look out for part two for an ill-informed study of a crack team of alien agents and the fastest man alive.